This name is a reference to the northern Côtes du Rhône area where it is produced. "Septentrio" comes from the Latin septentrion, meaning the north.
After having been checked for ripeness, the grapes are picked by hand and taken to the winery in crates. The bunches are vatted intact in perfect condition. The maceration lasts 3–4 weeks, with an average duration of 24 days. The alcoholic fermentation takes place at a temperature of 30°/32°C. This, combined with all the extraction methods (pump-over, punch-down, rack-and-return) produces batches of wine that are concentrated and boast high aromatic intensity and colour ideally suited to maturing in new barrels. The malolactic fermentation starts before the end of the alcoholic fermentation, and the wine is then transferred into concrete and stainless storage vats to spend its first Winter. This enables settling and clarification to take place naturally.
After a few months in vats, the wine is transferred to barrels.
Deep ruby red colour with purple glints. A complex nose with scents of very ripe blackcurrant and blackberries, combined with slight hints of vanilla and wood. Concentrated on the palate with a very fruity attack, rounded and combined with the roasted flavours furnished by the oak. Soft tannins. A very long finish with good substance on the palate.
Recommended to accompany red meat, game, strong cheeses.
Serve at 16/17°C. A keeping wine, thanks to the structure of the vintage and the influence of the wood: 10–12 years.
Medals and comments
HACHETTE WINE GUIDE 2016 :
Saint-Joseph red Septentrio 2013 2*
SYRAH WORLD COMPETITION 2015 :
Saint-Joseph red Septentrio 2013 Gold Medal.
INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION 2015 in LYON :
Saint-Joseph red Septentrio 2012 Silver Medal.
GILBERT & GAILLARD 2015: Note 88/100
Saint-Joseph red Septentrio 2011
Intense colour. Deep nose including aromas of red and black fruit, spices, associated with a woody presence with hints of graphite. On the palate, a dense substance wrapped in freshness, tannins that make their presence felt, highlighting the influence of the wood.
GAULT & MILLAU 2013: 14.5/20
Saint-Joseph red Septentrio 2010.
A spicy, concentrated presentation of the Syrah, with aromas of liquorice and blueberry jam. This maturity is crossed with elegance thanks to floral notes of violet. Intense and well structured, this wine will delight with its fruit and substance.
Bottles (75 cl)
Magnums (150 cl)